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Grand British Isles Discovery - 2019


19th May 2019

Discover the beauty, hidden gems and breathaking scenery of the British Isles

Overview

Enjoy the British Isles at their very best on this grand voyage which showcases the country’s remote corners with the opportunity to visit ancient sites, iconic castles and historic towns against a backdrop of stunning scenery and welcoming communities along the way. From the islands and Highlands of Scotland to the Isles of Scilly, this cruise follows the British coast, spiced up with a helping of Irish craic.

What's Included:

  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to 10pm)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Portsmouth

Today your cruise starts as you embark Marco Polo in Portsmouth

Day 2 - At Sea

Today enjoy the wide range of facilities on board Marco Polo. Why not have a drink in the bar or perhaps you'd prefer a spa treatment, or two!

Day 3 - Newcastle

Spend the day exploring the city of Newcastle. Choose to sightsee or perhaps you'd prefer a spot of shopping, the choice is yours.

Day 4 - Invergordon

Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. The small, yet modern town is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields featuring in optional excursions along with the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness. Other popular options include the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster.

Day 5 - Kirkwall

The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

Day 6 - Lerwick

Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour. Hay’s Dock, once the centre of Shetland’s fishing and boat building industries, is home to the marvellous Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland the extraordinary archaeological site of Jarlshof tells the story of some 4,000 years of human history on this remote archipelago with a wealth of wildlife.

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Tobermory

Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.

Day 9 - Belfast

Samson and Goliath are much-loved landmarks soaring above Belfast’s skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Northern Ireland’s capital firmly on the map. Housed in an iconic, state-of-the-art, 6-storey building, Titanic Belfast relives the city’s golden era and traces the story of the ill-fated liner built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. The extraordinary Giant’s Causeway is a popular excursion from this city with omnipresent Irish charm.

Day 10 - Douglas

Day 11 - Dublin

The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 12 - Cobh

Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic. The ‘Queenstown Story’ is a wonderful exhibition telling of this rich maritime history. From Cobh’s waterfront, streets lined with brightly coloured houses climb the steep slope of a hill, which is crowned with the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral. A charming little town, Cobh is a gateway to the city of Cork and excursions to Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle.

Day 13 - St Mary's

Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

Day 14 - Portsmouth

Today your cruise will end as you disembark in Portsmouth

Cabins & Fares

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3: Superior Twin Inner£1,756Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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4: Premium Twin Inner£1,946Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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OG: Ocean View Guarantee Standard Twin£1,899Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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7: Standard Twin Ocean View£1,994Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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8: Standard+ Twin Ocean View£2,098Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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9: Superior Twin Ocean View£2,336Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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11: Superior+ Twin Ocean View£2,535Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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12: Premium Twin Ocean View£2,735Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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DL: Deluxe Ocean View£3,314Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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JS: Junior Suite Ocean View£3,894Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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DS: Deluxe Suite Ocean View£4,388Includes a saving of 30% plus second person goes half price
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